Monday, May 31, 2010

More from Washington Square Park

A flame that burns constantly -

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(But where there might have been another powerful quote or passage on that little plaque, there are instead some exasperating words of caution - a reminder of some people's diminished common sense and how litigious our society is.)

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A procession with flags marks the start of a memorial ceremony.

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Those assembled recite the Pledge of Allegiance, sing the National Anthem, and talk about never forgetting the sacrifices of those who serve in the military.

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And during other times in the afternoon -

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People seem to be gathered to hear Washington speak. And some of his words are on the memorial wall:

"The independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts of common dangers, suffering and success" (Washington Farewell Address, Sept. 17, 1796)

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Some observe the monument intently.

Others warn their toddlers away from the flames.

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Or they're off to the side, on their laptops.

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The day is clear, burning and bright.

8 comments:

Crystal Calliope said...

Thanks for the pics, I had no idea about this monument. I get a touch frustrated about people's careless attitude towards Memorial Day.

Perhaps it's because people have let their politics obscure the idea that it is possible that people died for the country they live in, for legitimate reasons.

Thanks for sharing, I love your blog :)
Crystal

naida said...

Great post and very nice photos. This looks like a nice place to visit.
I like that Freedom quote behind the statue.
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HKatz said...

Thanks to you both for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

I agree that petty politics obscures many things, including important principles, courage and genuine sacrifice.

That quote on the statue - we can't forget it (and be complacent about our way of life generally).

And Washington Square Park is lovely. (I've got a fondness for parks in general - just to slip into them, away from the city streets for a while.)

Lucy said...

Atmospheric pictures. That warning plaque is maddeningly patronising isn't it?

Relyn said...

I agree with you. Do we really need to be warned to watch the flames?? SHEESH!!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely series of photos, the warning plaque is very sad though,

patteran said...

What a proliferation of witless signage is presumably going to go up over the next decade or so as the mad juggernaut of municipal nanny-ism gathers pace!

HKatz said...

Patronising, sheesh, sad, and "mad juggernaut of municipal nannyism"... I agree.

Thanks for commenting (and I'm glad you enjoyed the photos).